5 Lbs. Of Pretzels

That was my gift to Adam for Valentine’s Day. Well, that and some beer.

I’m a romantic.

Or not.

Yesterday turned out to be quite lovely. My girlfriend and I met up for Happy Hour. Our first stop was Costa Brava for Tapas and Sangria. At least that’s what we had planned. Turns out they weren’t doing happy hour because of the “holiday.” We were told this after ordering a pitcher of Sangria. Of course.

Not to be dissuaded, we made our way down to the Tap Room. No sangria on the menu? No problem.With the help of their friendly bartender we made our own.

Oh yes. That would be two glasses of red wine and shots of orange juice, cranberry juice and rum. They were delicious. And cheap (yay happy hour!)

We also ordered some “beer soakers.”

I think I could happily eat these every.single.day. They are sooooo good.

Of course, it was Valentine’s Day, so Adam made an appearance. We headed over to his house where Weston, Lauren’s boyfriend, joined us for a glass of wine, cheese and some sliced sausages.

Not to be outdone by my show of pretzels, Adam gave me a beautiful, custom arrangement of flowers.

Very sweet.

He also made dinner. All by his handsome-self.

Lobster tails, fresh bread, broiled asparagus and baked potatoes.

It was incredibly sweet and much appreciated.

It was a lovely night. A very lovely night.


To My Valentines

Yah, you’ve got your Channing Tatums, Ryans (Reynolds, Gosling), George Clooney, etc. But if you are near and dear to me, you know who holds my heart. (Kurt Warner, don’t read this – you know I love you baby.)

George Costanza. The perfect mix of bitterness, hilarity and surprising confidence. I want to snuggle with him like a teddy bear. (I’m “squeeeing” as I type this!)

Don’t judge. Love is blind.

Unfortunately, it is a love that is destined to be unrequited. Thankfully, I have two real Valentines.

Yes, two.

March 2011

January 2011. What a difference a year makes.

A girl could do worse.

I could wax on for quite a while about how great each are – but I’ll just leave it at this: they are my world.

Happy Valentine’s Day lovelies!

P.S. I am linking up with Blonde Episodes today for some V-day love. Head on over and check it out!

Love Is In the Air

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Once again, mine was  invariably centered around food. It’s a modern miracle that I don’t weigh 200 lbs, because I eat like it’s going out of style.

When we weren’t eating, Adam and I did make it to the movie theater to see The Grey. Think: Liam Neeson stranded inthe  Alaskan wilderness while being chased by wolves. I’m so serious. I’m also surprised how much I enjoyed it. Then again, I had a nice little stash of miniature wine bottles in my purse. (What?!)

From the top, clockwise: Quick snapshot from my Saturday run, purse filled with adult beverages for the movie theater, the most delicious bacon cheeseburger and garlic parm fries from the Spot in La Jolla

Don’t worry, most of the wine was left untouched. I’m not that bad.

And even though Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, I feel like we adequately celebrated yesterday. We dined on pulled pork tacos, a massive amount of guacamole, an easy-peasy dessert that even I couldn’t screw up, and finished Season 1 of the Walking Dead.

Nothing says romance like zombies.

From top left, clockwise: breakfast bagel, homemade guacamole, valentine's day inspired desert, pulled pork tacos

In other news, I was extremely saddened to hear about the passing of Whitney Houston this weekend. I’m sure you’ve read and heard all about it ad nauseam, but I feel like she’s deserves some space in my little online world. She was an amazing singer and I hope that continues to be recognized. I was a child in the 80’s and her music was a big part of it. In the small amount of time since her death I’ve seen several posts/comments to the effect that it’s a shame people are making such a big deal about her death while American soldiers die every day. I’m sorry, but that assertion bothers me. I understand that it’s frustrating that we live in a world where the Kardashians or kids from Jersey Shore are celebrities. Celebrities that garner headlines and make national news, no less. But Whitney Houston shouldn’t be lumped together with those people. She was one of the most successful recording artists of all time and she had talent. Real talent. That’s something we should embrace and I’m not ashamed to say that I was sad to hear about her death. (Confession: my friend Mike started this line of thought today and it’s got me all fired up!)

No doubt you’ve heard this song hundreds of times, but take another listen. What makes this song so incredible to me is the first 30 seconds or so. It’s a Capella. No instrumental backing, no auto-tuning, just her voice. And it’s an amazing voice.

Lastly, I want to make sure I’m not giving the impression that I’m not sympathetic or not interested in stories about our soldiers. My brother and my cousin are both U.S. Marines and I could not be prouder of both of them – especially my cousin who is currently deployed.


Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely day tomorrow. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, remember – all that candy in the grocery store will be on sale come Wednesday 🙂